Chinese red dates are one of the most popular foods used for health in China. Red dates are treated as a food, health tonic, as well as a traditional herb. Many traditional herbal formulas include dates as they are used for balancing the herbal formula. Additionally, these soft, red dates are popular in both cold and hot soups alike as well as smoothies and teas. This superfruit helps to nourish the blood and provides energy to get you through the day.